Bleach Lab Releases Third EP “If You Only Feel It Once”


Rising South London band Bleach Lab share their highly anticipated third EP and first release via Nettwerk, If You Only Feel It Once. To celebrate the release, the band released their new single “I Could Be Your Safe Place”, which follows previous singles “If You Only Feel It Once”, “Obviously” and “Take It Slow”.

If you only feel it once, the main theme focuses on finding the nostalgic feeling of home in other people and other places.

Leader Jenna Kyle explains; “The lyrics cover many themes such as finding a home, feeling safe, finding your way in life, and feeling like you’re missing out or wasting your time with the wrong things or the wrong people. It’s a dialogue inside with oneself, and in my opinion “it” is subjective and can mean a number of things depending on the listener. However, to me, “it” refers to “home”, i.e. saying if you only feel at home once are pretty obvious themes of depressing thoughts and pretty dark lyrics, but it’s self-reflective and meant to be somewhat encouraging.”

The band won dedicated champions at BBC 6Music and widespread critical acclaim in the press. After performing to sold-out crowds at London’s Omeara in March 2022, Bleach Lab have spent the summer appearing at UK festivals and will end the year with a string of standout dates, including a show by EP release at London’s Lafayette on November 11 (tickets available here).

Across their three EPs, the band experimented without restriction, dipping their toes into unfamiliar genres to fully determine what type of band they are, what works best for them, and where to go next. This playful experimentation and sound growth lead to a debut album, which the band has been thinking about since its inception. “We’re all very conscious about not making music that just replicates or sounds exactly the same as what we’ve done before,” says guitarist Frank Wates. “There’s been a lot of pretty big leaps in terms of influences and sound between all of our releases, and I think that’s a big part of our creative process.”

Led by Jenna Kyle, Bleach Lab is also comprised of drummer Kieran Weston with his love for ethereal pop, guitarist Frank Wates’ knack for crystalline pop and daydreaming and consistency and the collaborative lyrical work of bassist Josh Longman. 2021 saw the quartet establish themselves with the release of their first two EPs, A Calm Sense of Surrounding and Nothing Feels Real, the latter produced by Stephen Street (The Cranberries, The Smiths, Blur).

With a look at the band’s lingering 90s influences present in previous releases, If You Only Feel It Once takes the band’s vision forward – delving deeper into more pop and modern sounds. It’s through this dichotomy that Bleach Lab shines, realizing its intent alongside producer Duncan Mills (Peace, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg). From the urgent opening notes of its opener, If You Only Feel It Once flows like water with delicious melodies and their most instant sweet offerings yet.

Elsewhere on its five tracks, they draw inspiration from the dreamy pop melodies of Alvvays (on “Take It Slow”), create gigantic, scintillating singles (“Obviously”) and end with the avalanche of noise on the closing title. with a deep and exciting glimpse into their future.

Listen to the new album here:


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